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Maurice Roche

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526117083

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526117083.001.0001

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Mega-events, globalisation and urban legacy: events in China in the early twenty-first century

Mega-events, globalisation and urban legacy: events in China in the early twenty-first century

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Mega-Events and Social Change

Maurice Roche

Manchester University Press

The contemporary period of globalisation involves various economic and other ‘global shifts’ from Western to non-Western societies. This chapter explores the idea that these deeper social changes are reflected in the world of mega-events, notably in the ‘global shift’ in mega-event locations away from the West to increasingly include non-Western world regions. The chapter views contemporary mega-events as ‘multi-theme legacy park’ projects for their host cities. Their shift to new non-Western contexts is illustrated by reviewing mega-events in contemporary China, particularly the cases of the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Game and the Shanghai 2010 Expo 2010. The chapter shows that, in spite of many differences, at least one notable commonality between the Sydney 200O Olympic model and event legacies in Beijing and Shanghai in particular is the construction of major new urban green spaces. These urban park-building and park-renewing projects have typically aimed to embody, on a permanent basis, environmental and recreational (rather than sporting) values and vision of urbanism. In addition these mega-event projects all aimed, in comparable ways (even if to greater or lesser extents), to use these new urban parks as hubs and catalysts from which other (social and economic) mega-event legacy influences might also be developed.

Keywords:   mega-events, globalisation, global shifts, multi-theme legacy park, China, world regions, green spaces, event legacies, park-building

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